Ross Martin, ended to Tucker Hibbert's five-race Pro Open class win streak with a dominant performance at Deadwood in South Dakotaon Saturday. And in the support Pro Lite division it was Jake Scott who would capture his second win of the weekend at take over the points lead from Ski-Doo's David Joanis.
The Pro Open class story really began back in the second heat race when points leader Hibbert was black flagged for what ISOC officials deemed as an overly-aggressive pass on Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat). In the same heat Friday's runner-up to Hibbert, Martin, got bucked off his sled then put on a spectacular charge from the back of the pack to 3rd place in the heat.
Hibbert would be forced to gate all the way to the outside of the front row, which would end up being a disaster at the start for the current Pro Open point leader as he was forced off the track to avoid a pile-up and began the race close to last place.
With Kamm pulled the Stud Boy Holeshot, he was quickly passed by Christian for the lead. Doubling over the massive Air Force Fly-Away jump (which was more like a wall), Christian would extend his lead through lap six (of 24) before Martin came blazing out of nowhere to take the lead - a lead he wouldn't relinquish through the checkers.
"I told the guys on my team 'Dude, I'm ending this thing,'" said Martin, laughing, of yet another "Hibbert Dominates" headline. My second heat didn't go that well, but I felt good. Qualified seventh, lined up on the outside but got a descent start and was able to stay out of trouble and get up front with Logan, then got by for the lead."
Martin then added: "I want to dedicate this win to Caleb Moore. We miss you but I know you've got your eyes on us and are keeping up safe."
With Martin leading Christian and Kamm on lap 11, Christian would go down - briefly - allowing Kamm to move into 2nd place. One of the reasons Kamm hadn't been able to catch Martin and Christian was that the two had been berzerking it over the Air Force Fly-Away jump, something which Kamm didn't feel comfortable doing until midway through the contest.
By lap 15 Hibbert had charged up to 7th place and continued to move forward. Sixth on lap 16 and, eventually, 5th place by the checkers - salvaging some valuable points for the Pro Open point chase, which he still leads. Christian would regroup after his mistake and caught Mees late in the race to take the third and final Pro Open podium spot at Deadwood.
Pro Open Results, Deadwood, Rd. 8
1 837 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI
2 53 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI
3 43 Christian Logan Arctic Cat Fertile MN
4 9 Mees Darrin Ski-Doo Stanchfield MN
Pro Open Overall Points (after eight rounds)
1 Tucker Hibbert 8 321 321 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat 68 Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids, MN
2 Ross Martin 8 298 298 Judnick Motorsports 837 Polaris Burlington, WI
3 Robbie Malinoski 8 274 274 Amsoil/Air Force/Makita 4 Ski-Doo Stacy, MN
4 Tim Tremblay 8 272 272 Amsoil/Air Force/Makita 11 Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D'Arc, Quebec
Polaris' Jake Scott had two wins in a row by running it from the holeshot to the checkers at Deadwood on Friday, winning the Pro Lite main by nearly seven seconds over Kevin Wallenstein, with Renaud Alexandre, placing 3rd for the second-straight night at Deadwood.
"Hurt my knee at X Games, don't know how I did it this weekend,"
said Scott. "Holeshots are key on this short track."
With Scott out front pulling the Pro Lite holeshot from the inside lane pick, David Joanis pulled into 2nd, but was quickly passed by Polaris' Andrew Lieders. But on the very next lap Lieders got bucked off his sled - which enabled Scott to open up a four-second lead on 2nd place.
On lap seven (of 16) Joanis, who was tied with Scott at 251 points for the overall AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite overall points chase heading into tonight at Deadwood, would crash in the triple section, then ended up getting clipped by another sled. And though he got up and kept racing, Joanis wouldn't challenge for tonight's Pro Lite podium.
Inheriting Joanis' 2nd place spot was Wallenstein, who was in 2nd place as well in the Pro Lites on Friday when he ended up getting clipped by another rider. "Yesterday didn't go good. Was in second, but crashed. So it feels good to get up here," said Wallenstein of his 2nd place finish tonight.
With Scott up on Wallenstein by six seconds, Dylan Hall moved up to 3rd for a few laps before being caught by Alexandre. "I went outside on the start and it worked out pretty good. Just focused there and charged the whole race," said Alexandre. "Despite all the ruts and it being so tough out there I was able to come back to 3rd again."
Pro Lite Results, Deadwood, Rd. 8
1 42 Scott Jake Polaris Port Jefferson Statio NY
2 122 Wallenstein Kevin Ski-Doo Cadillac MI
3 793 Alexandre Renaud Ski-Doo Val-D'or Quebec
4 421 Hall Dylan Ski-Doo Ayr Ontario
Pro Lite Overall Points (after eight rounds)
1 Jake Scott 8 296 296 Team LaVallee 42 Polaris Port Jefferson Station, NY
2 David Joanis 8 284 284 Royal Distributing 115 Ski-Doo Cochrane,
3 Andrew Lieders 8 268 268 Lieders Racing/Leighton Motorsports 857 Polaris Colby, WI
4 Renaud Alexandre 8 266 266 Team Jimmy John's/Ski-doo/BossRacing 793 Ski-Doo Val-D'or, Quebec